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Jazz Music and Film Clips

Creator:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum  Search this
Type:
Conversations and talks
YouTube Videos
Uploaded:
2017-04-05T15:33:30.000Z
YouTube Category:
Education  Search this
Topic:
Design  Search this
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Data Source:
Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
YouTube Channel:
cooperhewitt
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Collection Creator:
Thayer, Abbott Handerson, 1849-1921  Search this
Container:
Box 2, Folder 63
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1911-1937
Scope and Contents note:
Page, Arthur W.

Paramount Pictures Distributing Corporation

Percy, Eustace

Pinkham, M.

Public Works of Art Project

Pumpelly, Raphael

Putnam, Shirley
Collection Restrictions:
The collection has been digitized and is available online via AAA's website.
Collection Rights:
Reel 3417 (art works): Authorization to publish, quote or reproduce requires written permission from Jean Reasoner Plunket. Contact Reference Services for more information.
The Archives of American Art makes its archival collections available for non-commercial, educational and personal use unless restricted by copyright and/or donor restrictions, including but not limited to access and publication restrictions. AAA makes no representations concerning such rights and restrictions and it is the user's responsibility to determine whether rights or restrictions exist and to obtain any necessary permission to access, use, reproduce and publish the collections. Please refer to the Smithsonian's Terms of Use for additional information.
Collection Citation:
Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer Family papers, 1851-1999 (bulk 1881-1950). Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution.
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Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer Family papers
Abbott Handerson Thayer and Thayer Family papers / Series 2: Correspondence / 2.4: Gladys Thayer Reasoner Correspondence
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
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Paramount Pictures Corporation Information Systems -- Television Group, Product Rights and Availability System (PRAS), 95363

Collection Creator:
Smithsonian Institution  Search this
Computerworld Magazine.  Search this
Collection Source:
Computers, Information and Society, Division of (NMAH, SI).  Search this
Container:
Box 17 (Series 17), Folder 3
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1995
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Copyright held by donor and/or heirs. Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.] .
Collection Citation:
The Computer World Smithsonian Awards, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Computer World Smithsonian Awards
Computer World Smithsonian Awards / Series 8: Awards / 8.7: Media, Arts & Entertainment
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Allen Balcom Du Mont Collection

Creator:
Du Mont, Allen B. (Allen Balcom), 1901-1965  Search this
Source:
Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Names:
Du Mont Laboratories, Inc.  Search this
Former owner:
Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Extent:
46 Cubic feet (150 boxes)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Clippings
Newsletters
Scrapbooks
Notebooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Photographs
Date:
1884-1965
Scope and Contents:
While the collection is focused rather specifically on the development of television in America, including technical details, legal proceedings, marketing and advertisement, and manufacturing, it is also a rich source for the history of American advertising, work cultures, sales, and entertainment. There is also information about radio, mostly in periodicals collected by Du Mont. Information about Allen Du Mont is largely limited to his professional development and activities, except for a few travel photographs and information about and logbooks from his boat.

Materials date from 1884 to 1965, but the bulk come from the years 1931 1960; mostly scattered periodicals comprise the earlier years.

The collection includes correspondence, photographs, blueprints, films, videotapes, pamphlets, books, periodicals, newspaper and magazine clippings, annual reports, organization charts, stock records, ticker tape, legal documents, patent documents, bills, accountants' reports, meeting minutes, scrapbooks, technical drawings, advertisements, catalogs, and technical manuals. Processing included revising the previous series order, refoldering and reboxing all items, and completely revising the finding aid. Duplicates were weeded out; two copies were retained of any multiple item. Materials in binders were unbound. An example of each binder with the DuMont logo was retained, and the materials once contained therein refer to the appropriate binder in the container list. Plain office binders were discarded.
Arrangement:
The collection is divided into 16 series.

Series 1: Personal Files, 1920s-1965

Series 2: Executive Records, 1938-1964

Series 3: Stock Records, 1937-1962

Series 4: DuMont Laboratories, Inc., Patents and Legal Proceedings, 1884-1960

Series 5: DuMont Laboratories, Inc., Financial Records, 1931-1964

Series 6: DuMont Laboratories, Inc., Operations, 1938-1958

Series 7: Radio Technical Planning Board, 1944-1946

Series 8: Federal Communications Commission, 1940-1959 and undated

Series 9: DuMont Laboratories, Marketing and Sales, 1939-1961 and undated

Series 10: Telecommunications for Venezuela, 1952-1957 and undated

Series 11: Du Mont Network, 1944-1952 and undated

Series 12: Du Mont Publications, 1933-1963 and undated

Series 13: Photographs, 1928-1960 and undated

Series 14: Clippings/Scrapbooks, 1933-1962

Series 15: Non-Du Mont Publications, 1892, 1907-1963 and undated

Series 16: Audiovisual Materials, 1948-1955

Series 17: Addenda, 1933-1959
Biographical / Historical:
Allen Balcom Du Mont was born Jan. 29, 1901, in Brooklyn, NY to S. William Henry Beaman and Lillian Felton Balcom Du Mont. He contracted poliomyelitis when he was eleven and was confined to bed for nearly a year. During his illness, he began to amuse himself with a crystal radio set; by year's end, he had built a receiving and transmitting set. He was licensed as a ship's wireless operator when he was fifteen, and took a job a year later as a radio operator on a passenger vessel that ran between New York and Providence, RI. He worked as a radio operator for the next seven years.

Du Mont graduated in 1924 from the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, with a degree in electrical engineering. He had already begun his first invention for the Sound Operated Circuit Controller, a device that turns a switch on or off when it hears a sharp sound; he used it to turn off his radio during commercials with a hand clap. Du Mont began working for the Westinghouse Lamp Company (later a division of the Westinghouse Electric Corporation), raising their output of radio tubes from 500 a day to 5,000 an hour in four years. For this, he received the Westinghouse Achievement Award in 1927. He left Westinghouse to become chief engineer at the De Forest Radio Company in 1928; his inventions increased output there to 30,000 radio tubes a day, and he was promoted to vice president in charge of production. In 1929, he received his first patent, for a radio tube mounting device.

He also worked with television at De Forest, using mechanical receivers with a spinning "Nipkow disk" that scanned electrical impulses and gave the effect of a motion picture. The De Forest experimental transmitter, W2XCD, in Passaic, NJ, broadcast television programs in 1930. Du Mont quickly concluded that there was no future in scanning discs; they produced a small, dark picture, and were difficult to build correctly. Others had developed television pictures that were produced by an electronic beam scanning rapidly across a florescent screen at the end of a tube. However, those cathode ray tubes were still imported from Germany, were very expensive, and burned out after only twenty five to thirty hours.

Du Mont left his job at De Forest in 1931 and started a cathode ray manufacturing business in a garage laboratory at his home. He developed a tube that lasted a thousand hours and could be manufactured inexpensively. There was almost no market for his tubes; gross sales income the first year was only $70. However, the tubes were an integral part of the cathode ray oscillograph, an instrument widely used in physics laboratories that measures and records changes in electrical current over time. The business, incorporated in 1935 as DuMont Laboratories, Inc., prospered in the oscillograph market. DuMont Labs moved in 1933 into a series of empty stores, then to a plant in Passaic, NJ, in 1937. Du Mont also acted as consultant to manufacturers with cathode ray tube problems and served as an expert witness in patent litigations.

Du Mont used the money he made from oscillographs to develop television. His innovations in making precise, quickly manufactured, inexpensive, long lasting cathode ray tubes made commercial television possible. In 1938, Du Mont sold a half interest in his company to the Paramount Pictures Corporation to raise capital for broadcasting stations. In 1939, the company became the first to market a television receiver for homes, and was part of a major display at the 1939 World's Fair in New York. Television development and sales were cut off by World War II, since DuMont Laboratories converted entirely to wartime production of oscillographs and to radar research. DuMont Laboratories returned to television production in 1946 and was the first company to market a postwar television set. By 1951 the company grossed $75 million a year and had four plants manufacturing television sending and receiving equipment in Passaic, Allwood, East Paterson, and Clifton, NJ. Du Mont had become the television industry's first millionaire. He was chosen in a Forbes magazine poll as one of the twelve foremost business leaders of America that same year, and was once characterized as "one of the very few inventors in the annals of American industry who have made more money from their inventions than anyone else has" (Rice, 36).

Du Mont began an experimental television station, W2XTV, in Passaic, NJ, in 1939. He added WABD (later WNEW TV) in New York City, WTTG in Washington, D.C., and WDTV (later KDKA) in Pittsburgh, PA. He concentrated on technology and business, leaving entertainment to others in the company. However, the DuMont Network "featured such names as Ernie Kovacs, Morey Amsterdam, Ted Mack, Ernest Borgnine, Jan Murray, and Dennis James. Its long running variety hour, Cavalcade of Stars, showcased not only Jackie Gleason but The Honeymooners, which made its debut as a Cavalcade sketch" (Krampner, 98). The 1950s superhero Captain Video became famous on the DuMont network, and Bishop Fulton Sheen's inspirational show, "Life is Worth Livinq," won surprisingly high ratings (Watson, 17). Ultimately, America's fourth network failed: in 1955, DuMont Broadcasting separated from Du Mont Laboratories, Inc., becoming the Metropolitan Broadcasting Company and, with the addition of other properties, Metromedia, Inc.

Du Mont testified frequently before the Federal Communications Commission to set technical standards for American television broadcast between 1945 and 1952. In 1946, Du Mont's company was one of several to oppose the Columbia Broadcasting System's petition to the FCC to establish color television standards; Du Mont preferred to wait for further research to develop all electronic color television, rather than the mechanical method CBS favored. He felt that method produced a picture far less than optimal, and would have required persons who did not own color sets to purchase adapters to receive broadcasts being produced in color. Standards were developed by the National Television Standards Committee in 1951 1953; the Federal Communications Commission accepted them in 1953, and regular transmission of color programs began on the major networks, including the DuMont Network, in 1954.

Sales of television receivers from DuMont Laboratories, Inc. peaked in 1954; by the late 1950s, the company was losing money. The Emerson Radio and Phonograph Company purchased the division that produced television sets, phonographs, and high fidelity and stereo equipment in 1958. In 1960 remaining Du Mont interests merged with the Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation. Du Mont was president of DuMont Laboratories, Inc., until 1956, when he became chairman of the Board of Directors. His title changed to Chairman and General Manager in 1959. In 1961 he became Senior Technical Advisor, Allen B. Du Mont Laboratories, Division of Fairchild Camera and Instrument Corporation.

Du Mont received many awards for his work, including honorary doctorates from Rennselaer (1944), Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute (1949), Fairleigh Dickinson College (1955), and New York University (1955). He received the Marconi Memorial Medal for Achievement in 1945, and an American Television society award in 1943 for his contributions to the field. In 1949, he received the Horatio Alger Award, "a yearly prize bestowed by the American Schools and Colleges Association on the man whose rise to fortune most nearly parallels the virtuous careers of Ben the Luggage Boy and Tattered Tom" (Rice, 35). He held more than thirty patents for developments in cathode ray tubes and other television devices. His inventions included the "magic eye tube" once commonly seen on radios and the Duovision, a television that could receive two programs simultaneously. Du Mont was also noted for success in predicted log power boat racing; in his television equipped Hurricane III, he became the national champion of the power cruiser division of the American Power Boat Association in 1953 1955 and 1958. Du Mont died November 15, 1965; his obituary appeared on the front page of the New York Times. He was survived by Ethel Martha Steadman, whom he married in 1926, and their two children, Allen Balcom, Jr., and Yvonne.

Sources

Current Biography 1946, pp. 162 164. Krampner, Jon. "The Death of the DuMont [sic] Network: A Real TV Whodunit." Emmy Magazine (July August 1990): 96 103.

Obituary, New York Times, 16 November 1965, 1:3.

Rice, Robert. "The Prudent Pioneer." The New Yorker, 27 Jan. 1951.

Watson, Mary Ann. "And they Said 'Uncle Fultie Didn't Have a Prayer . . . "11 Television Quarterly 26, no. 3(1993): 16 21.

Who's Who in America, 1962.
Related Materials:
Materials in the Archives Center

Edward J. Orth Memorial Archives of the New York World's Fair, 1939-1940

Warshaw Collection, Worlds Expositions, New York World's Fair, 1939 (AC0060)

Larry Zim World's Fair Collection (AC0519)

George H. Clark "Radioana" Collection, ca. 1880-1950 (AC0055)

Division of Work and Industry

Related artifacts consist of cathode ray tubes, oscillographs, television receivers (including a Duoscope), and other instruments. See accession #:EM*315206, EM*315208, EM*315209, EM*327728, EM*327735, EM*327742, EM*327743, EM*327745, EM*327749, EM*327751, EM*327756, EM*327758, EM*327759, EM*327760, EM*327763, EM*327770, EM*328155, EM*328178, EM*328182, EM*328193, EM*328198, EM*328200, EM*328209, EM*328212, EM*328224, EM*328231, EM*328247, EM*328253, EM*328258, EM*328264, EM*328269, EM*328271, EM*328277, EM*328280, EM*328282, EM*328283, EM*328286, EM*328299, EM*328305, EM*328306, EM*328315, EM*328316, EM*328322, EM*328325, EM*328327, EM*328336, EM*328337, EM*328343, EM*328348, EM*328352, EM*328353, EM*328366, EM*328368, ZZ*RSN80323A74, ZZ*RSN80552U05, ZZ*RSN80748U09, ZZ*RSN80748U11, ZZ*RSN80844U09, and ZZ*RSN81576U01.

Library of Congress

Records of the Allen B. DuMont Laboratories, Inc. 1930 1960 (bulk 1945 1960). 56 lin. ft. Consists of nine series: Administrative Files, 1935 1960; General Correspondence, ca. 1930 1960; Interoffice Correspondence, ca. 1935 1960; Financial Records, 1932 1960; Sales and Advertising File, 1936 1960; Production and Engineering File, 1932 1960; Television File, ca. 1935 1960; Hearings File, 1935 1957; and General Miscellany, ca. 1937 1960. National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections number 68 2021; National Inventory of Documentary Sources number 2.1.243.

Wayne State University, Walter P. Reuther Library, Archives of Labor and Urban Affairs

John H. Zieger Papers, 1942 1980. 1 box (type not specified). Correspondence, clippings, leaflets, and memoranda, related to Zieger's union activities with Western Electric Employees Association and Allen B. Du Mont Laboratories. National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections number 91 2872.
Provenance:
Immediate source of acquisition unknown.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view materials in cold storage. Using cold room materials requires a three hour waiting period. Only reference copies of audiovisual materials may be used. Contact the Archives Center for more information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Topic:
Electricity  Search this
Television broadcasting  Search this
Televisions -- advertising  Search this
Television  Search this
Genre/Form:
Clippings -- 20th century
Newsletters
Scrapbooks -- 20th century
Notebooks
Motion pictures (visual works)
Photographs -- 20th century
Citation:
Allen Balcom Du Mont Collection, 1929-1965, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0018
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Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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Online Media:

Paramount Pictures and DuMont Laboratories Inc. agreement

Collection Creator:
Du Mont, Allen B. (Allen Balcom), 1901-1965  Search this
Collection Source:
Electricity and Modern Physics, Division of, NMAH, SI.  Search this
Container:
Box 6 (Series 3), Folder 11
Type:
Archival materials
Date:
1950 April
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research. Gloves must be worn when handling unprotected photographs and negatives. Special arrangements required to view materials in cold storage. Using cold room materials requires a three hour waiting period. Only reference copies of audiovisual materials may be used. Contact the Archives Center for more information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Allen Balcom Du Mont Collection, 1929-1965, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Allen Balcom Du Mont Collection
Allen Balcom Du Mont Collection / Series 3: Allen B. DuMont Laboratories Inc. Stock Records
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
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George Sidney Collection

Collector:
Music, Sports and Entertainment, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Sidney, George, 1916-2002  Search this
Music, Sports and Entertainment, Division of, NMAH, SI  Search this
Donor:
Sidney, Corinne Entratter  Search this
Sidney, Corinne Entratter  Search this
Names:
Columbia Pictures  Search this
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures  Search this
Paramount Pictures  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Margret, Ann-, 1941-  Search this
Robinson, Edward G., 1893-1973  Search this
Sidney, George, 1877-1945  Search this
Sidney, Hazel Mooney  Search this
Sidney, Louis K.  Search this
Sullivan, Ed, 1901-1974  Search this
Extent:
54 Film reels
96 Cubic feet (288 boxes, 6 oversize folders)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Film reels
Photographs
Place:
Hollywood (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Date:
1885-2002
bulk 1940-1967
Summary:
George Sidney (1916-2002) was a film director during the Golden Age of Hollywood filmmaking (1927-1954). He spent the longest period of his career at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) until the 1950s. He later produced and directed films for Columbia Pictures and Paramount Pictures. He was a president of the Directors Guild of America and an avid photographer. He was the recipient of three awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar). The collection consists of photographs, photographic negatives, personal and business materials, and film. The collection also contains material created by George Sidney's uncle, George Sidney, vaudevillian and motion picture actor.
Scope and Contents:
The George Sidney Collection consists of approximately eighty-eight cubic feet of photographs and materials from the Hollywood director George Sidney, most dealing with his career in motion pictures. Sidney was an avid photographer and collector of photographs documenting extremely well the Hollywood film community during the Studio Era (1927-1954) of filmmaking. The bulk of the collection is from Sidney's most productive years, circa 1937-1968.

MGM's motto was "More Stars than there are in Heaven" and the researcher would be advised that the extent of this collection is such that it is impossible to list and identify all of the celebrities and personalities photographed, both behind and in front of the camera. There are stills from Sidney's many productions as well as his on-set personal photographs. There are photographs from dinner parties, and many studio and film community functions. Productions are dated to their generally accepted first theatrical release date (Los Angeles and New York) and in the case of a Broadway show to their opening date.
Arrangement:
The collection is arranged into six series.

Series 1: Photographs, Photographic Negatives, and Slides, 1914-1996, undated.

Subseries 1.1: The Camera Eye of George Sidney, undated.

Subseries 1.2: Productions (Motion Picture, Stage, and Radio), 1921-1968. Subseries 1.3: Personalities and People, 1932-1996, undated.

Subseries 1.4: Personal and Family, 1914-1992, undated.

Subseries 1.5: Family Photograph Albums and Scrapbooks, 1918-1950, undated.

Subseries 1.6: Travel and Locations, 1940-1981, undated.

Subseries 1.7: Studio, Entertainment, and Public Events, 1949-1995, undated.

Subseries 1.8: Tests, 1938-1967, undated.

Subseries 1.9: Photographic Negatives, 1937-1979, undated

Series 2: Production Ephemera, Posters, Scripts, 1930-1991, undated.

Subseries 2.1: Production Posters, 1943-1964, undated

Subseries 2.2: Production Ephemera and Scripts, 1930-1991, undated

Series 3: Office Files and Personal Material, 1903-2002, undated

Subseries 3.1: Personal Material, 1944-2002, undated

Subseries 3.2: Correspondence, Random Files, Indices, and Inventories, 1903-2002, undated

Series 4: Music Manuscripts, Sheet Music, and Music Related Material, 1885-1992, undated

Subseries 4.1: Music Manuscripts, 1937-1960, undated

Subseries 4.2: Sheet Music, 1885-1990

Subseries 4.3: Music Related Material, 1971-1992, undated

Series 5: Audiovisual, 1933-2001, undated

Subseries 5.1: Film, 1940-1960, undated

Subseries 5.2: Audio, 1933-2001, undated

Subseries 5.3: Video, 1989-2001, undated

Series 6: George Sidney (1877-1945), 1909-1945, undated
Biographical / Historical:
George E. Sidney was born in New York, New York on October 4th, 1916 into a show business family. His father Louis K. Sidney (birth surname Kronowith) (1891-1958) was a Broadway producer, actor-manager, and one of the vice-presidents of Loew's Incorporated. Sidney's mother, Hazael Mooney (?-1969), was a vaudeville performer, part of a sister act known as The Mooney Sisters. She was a native New Yorker, daughter of prominent New York City attorney Henry Mooney. She and Louis were married at her home, 12 West 109th Street, New York. Another residence was 179 West 63rd Street.

Louis K. Sidney began working for Loew's Incorporated in 1923. He managed theatres in Denver, Pittsburgh, Toledo, Dayton, and New York. Later he was in charge of stage productions for the theatre circuit. He was in charge of MGM's East Coast film production facility in New York. He and Hazael followed son George to Los Angeles in 1937. Louis produced two motion pictures at MGM, The Big Store with the Marx Brothers and Hullabaloo. After February 1951, he was a member of the four man executive committee in charge of MGM. At his retirement in 1955, Louis K. had risen to the position of vice-president of Loew's, Incorporated. He served as vice-president and director of the Motion Picture Producers Association, as a director of the Motion Picture Relief Fund, and the Hollywood Coordinating Committee.

George Sidney had two uncles in show business, Jack Sidney, known as "Jack of Spades" a black-face comedian, and Sidney's half-uncle, George Sidney (1877-1945) (real name Samuel Greenfield), a vaudeville comic. George had a successful Broadway and screen career, most notably as the bum, Busy Izzy, a character that lasted on the vaudeville circuit from 1901-1915. His initial Broadway success was in a show entitled Welcome Stranger that ran for 309 performances. Welcome Stranger had an extensive touring schedule across the United States. In conjunction with Charlie Murray, he developed a comedy act known as Cohen and Kelly that was not only a vaudeville success but easily made the transition to motion pictures. The Cohens and Kellys films became a motion picture franchise for Universal Studios in 1924. He was married to Carrie Weber (?-1940). George was a member of the Friars Club and an avid sports fan. He owned a racehorse named Kibbitzer.

George Sidney made his on-screen debut in The Littlest Cowboy (1921) starring Tom Mix. He moved to Los Angeles in 1930. Sidney went to work as a messenger at MGM. Louis B. Mayer's nickname for Sidney was "boy". Sidney flourished at the studio and by the time he was twenty he was directing screen tests and one-reel shorts. He directed installments in the Our Gang and Little Rascals series, as well as the Pete Smith and the Crime Does Not Pay series. He won back-to-back Oscars for two of his shorts, Quicker'n a Wink (1940) and Of Pups and Puzzles (1941). His feature film directing debut was Free and Easy (1941) starring Robert Cummings. His first major film musical was the all-star, war time musical, Thousands Cheer (1943), starring Kathryn Grayson and Gene Kelly. Sidney always indicated he viewed films as entertainment and seems to have rejected the auteur theory of directing embraced by some of his well known colleagues such as John Ford and Vincent Minnelli. His film, The Three Musketeers (1948), starring Gene Kelly and Lana Turner, was one of MGM's highest grossing films in the post World War Two period. He won his third Oscar for the short, Overture to 'The Merry Wives of Windsor, in 1954. Jupiter's Darling (1955) with Esther Williams was Sidney's last film for MGM. He was loaned to Columbia Pictures to direct The Eddy Duchin Story (1956), after which his contract at MGM ended.

Sidney went on to become an independent producer and director at Columbia Pictures where he directed such films as Pal Joey (1957), starring Frank Sinatra, and Bye Bye Birdie (1963) starring Ann-Margret. He returned to MGM in the 1960s to make A Ticklish Affair (1963), starring Shirley Jones and Viva Las Vegas (1964), starring Ann-Margret and Elvis Presley. His last film was the musical Half a Sixpence (1967) starring Tommy Steele for Paramount Pictures. Sidney also directed and produced for television most notably Who Has Seen the Wind (1964). He financed and founded Hanna-Barbera Productions in 1944. He was a two-term president, 1951-1959 and 1961-1967, of the Directors Guild of America (DGA), earlier known as the Screen Directors Guild (SDG).

In his personal life, Sidney was married in 1942 to legendary MGM drama coach, Lillian "Burnsie" Burns Salzer (1903-1998). He was eight years her junior. They lived at the Sidney home (1140 Tower Road) in Beverly Hills. They divorced in the mid 1970s. For a brief time Sidney maintained a penthouse apartment for George Sidney Productions at 144 South Beverly Drive, Beverly Hills. He maintained a suite (301) in the Palm Wilshire Building, 9201 Wilshire Boulevard in the 1970s. He married his second wife, Jane Adler Robinson (?-1991), second wife and widow of actor Edward G. Robinson (1893-1974), around 1978. The house at 1140 Tower Road was sold and Sidney moved to the Robinson home at 910 Rexford Drive in Beverly Hills. Sidney married his third wife, Corinne Kegley Entratter (1937-?), widow of showman and Las Vegas entrepreneur John Entratter, in 1991. Sidney was a prolific photographer. He collected art and was apparently an avid gardener. He was a member of the Royal Horticultural Society. He died in Las Vegas, Nevada in May 2002.
Related Materials:
The Harry Warren Collection, AC0750

The Groucho Marx Collection, AC0269

Sidney related artifacts from Sidney's films are housed in the Division of Culture and the Arts, National Museum of American History, Smithsonian. There are scrapbooks donated by the Sidney Estate in the collection of the Cinema-Television Library, Doheny Library, University of Southern California, consisting of eleven volumes containing photographs, correspondence, publicity documents, and other materials, circa 1933-1963.
Provenance:
This collection was donated to the Archives Center in 2005 by Corinne Entratter Sidney, widow of George Sidney.
Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but is stored off-site. Researchers must handle unprotected photographs with cotton gloves. Researchers may use reference copies of audio-visual materials. When no reference copy exists, the Archives Center staff will produce reference copies on an "as needed" basis and as resources allow.

Viewing film portions of the collection requires special appointment, please inquire; listening to LP recordings is only possible by special arrangement.

Special arrangements required to view materials in cold storage. Using cold room materials requires a three hour waiting period.

Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Rights:
The Archives Center does not own exclusive rights to these materials. All requests for permission to use these materials for non-museum purposes must be addressed directly to the Archives Center, and the Archives Center will forward the request to the copyright holder. Collection items are available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use.
Topic:
Motion picture production and direction  Search this
Motion picture producers and directors  Search this
Motion pictures  Search this
Vaudeville  Search this
Musicals  Search this
Genre/Form:
Photographs -- Black-and-white photoprints -- Silver gelatin -- 19th-20th century
Citation:
George Sidney Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History, gift of Corinne Entratter Sidney
Identifier:
NMAH.AC.0867
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George Sidney Collection
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-nmah-ac-0867

Paramount Pictures, undated

Collection Creator:
Community Life, Div. of (NMAH, SI)  Search this
Erol's Video Club.  Search this
Container:
Box 74, Folder 2
Type:
Archival materials
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but boxes 1-83 are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Reproduction permission from Archives Center: fees for commercial use. Standard copyright restrictions apply to all copyrighted material.
Collection Citation:
Video Press Kit Collection, 1935-1993, Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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Video Press Kits Collection
Video Press Kits Collection / Series 5: Varied Materials
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0748-ref124

Crazy Feet

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0004
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Date:
1903-1964
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 1718f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

1. Three teen-age "street boys"

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1903

2. Cakewalk

Descriptive Summary: silent

Copyright: 1903 (see also 491.1(2))

3. "Tiger Rag"

Copyright: 1929

Performer(s): James Barton

4. Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life, (excerpt from 491.29)

Copyright: 1935

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures

Producer: Adolph Zukor

Director: Fred Waller

Performer(s): Snake Hips Tucker, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra incl. Greer, Hodges, Whetsol and Jenkins

Song Title(s): "Merry-Go-Round", part Four-Harlem Rhythm

5. "Harlem Harmony"

Copyright: 1932

Performer(s): Cab Calloway, introduction by James Wallington

Song Title(s): "Harlem Harmony"

6. Snow White (see also 491.187)

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Fleischer Studios, distributed by Paramount Pictures

Producer: Max Fleischer

Director: Dave Fleischer

Performer(s): Cab Calloway, voice of Betty Boop is Mae Questel

Song Title(s): "St. James Infirmary Blues", vocals by Calloway and Questel

7. "Christopher Columbus"

Copyright: 1937

Performer(s): Stringbean, Jimmy Lunceford and His Orchestra, (Willie Smith on alto sax)

8. "Nagasaki"

Copyright: 1934

Performer(s): Red and Struggie, Lucky Millinder's Orchestra

9. unidentified clip

Copyright: ca. early 1940s

Performer(s): Slick and Slack, (bass drum reads Chris and Crew)

10. "Solid Sending Soft Shoe Specialist"

Copyright: 1944

Performer(s): Rubberneck Holmes

11. Stump and Stumpy

Copyright: 1948

12. "Ain't Misbehaven"

Copyright: 1948 Performer(s) Patterson and Jackson

13. Raymond Kaylund

Copyright: 1941

Performer(s): Jimmy Lunceford and His Orchestra

Descriptive Summary: Same setting as #7, but noted as 1941

14. A Bundle of Blues, excerpt

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures

Performer(s): Bessie Dudley and Florence Hill, Duke Ellington and His Orchestra personnel: Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney (reeds), Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins (trumpets), Nanton, Tizol, Brown (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Broad, Greer (rhythm)

Song Title(s): "Bugle Call Rag"

15. "Bugle Call Rag"

Copyright: 1938

Performer(s): Miss Harris

16. "It Don't Mean A Thing" and an unidentified musical number

Copyright: 1939

Performer(s): Miller and Rhodes, unidentified young female

17. Follow the Boys, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: An excerpt from a George Raft film.

Copyright: 1944

Corporate Creator: Universal Films Producer(s): Charles K. Feldman, Albert L. Rockett

Director: A. Edward Sutherland Performer(s):

Song Title(s): "Sweet Georgia Brown"

18. Al Minns and Leon James; Playboy Club Show, excerpt

Descriptive Summary: an excerpt from 491.5

Copyright: 1964

Corporate Creator: Playboy Magazine/Enterprises

Producer: Dan Schuffman

Director: Dan Schuffman

Performer(s): Al Minns and Leon James

Song Title(s): Camptown Races, "Charleston", "Stompin' at the Savoy", "One O'Clock Jump", "How High the Moon"

19. The Berry Brothers

Copyright: ca. late 1940s, early 1950s

Performer(s): Introduced by Phil Silvers, The Berry Brothers

20. Three scat-singing unidentified male dancers

21. Two unidentified male dancers

22. Jump rope dancer

Corporate Creator: Vitaphone, Warner Brothers

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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection / Series 1: Ernie Smith Presentation Reels
Archival Repository:
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ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1206

Ellington Program I, 1933-1949

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0027-1
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 770f., b&w, a composite reel created by Ernie Smith

1. A UM & M Pictorial, March 1933, featuring three numbers: a. "Stardust" & "Echoes of the Jungle", performed by Baron Lee and His Blue Rhythm Band b. "Sophisticated Lady" excerpt, "Creole Rhapsody" excerpt, performed by Duke Ellington and His Orchestra. Personnel: Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney (reeds), Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins (trumpet), Nanton, Tizol, Brown (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Braud, Greer (rhythm) c. Cab Calloway and His Orchestra performing an unidentified number

2. Murder at the Vanities, excerpt

Copyright: 1934

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures

Producer: E. Lloyd Sheldon

Director: Mitchell Leisen

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra and an unidentified female vocalist. Personnel: Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney (reeds), Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins (trumpet), Nanton, Tizol, Brown (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Braud, Greer (rhythm)

Song Title(s): "Ebony Rapsody"

3. An RKO Pathe Jamboree

Copyright: 1943 Performance Date: June, 1943

Corporate Creator: UM & M TV Corp. Producer Frederick Ullman, Jr.

Director: Jany Bonafield

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, Personnel: Hamilton, Hodges, Nat Jones, Webster, Carney (reeds), Nance, Jordan, Wallace Jones, Baker, (trumpet), Nanton, Tizol, Sandy Williams (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Raglin, Greer (rhythm)

Song Title(s): a. "Mood Indigo" b. "Sophisticated Lady", piano solo by Ellington c. "It Don't Mean a Thing", vocals by Ray Nance and Taft Jordan, instrumental solos by Nance and Webster d. "Never No Lament", instrumental solos by Ellington, Hodges and Nanton

4. "Dancers in Love", from The Perfume Suite (excerpt from 491.20), Ellington, Wendall Marshall, Greer

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Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archival Repository:
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ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1312

A Bundle of Blues

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0028
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 330f., b&w, an excerpt from the short film of the same name

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures, distributed by UM & M TV Corp.

Producer:

Director:

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra; personnell; Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney (reeds), Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins (trumpets), Nanton, Tizol, Brown (trombones), Ellington, Guy, Braud, Greer, (rhythm), vocals by Ivie Anderson, dances by Florence Hill and Bessie Dudley

Song Title(s):

1. "Lightnin'" excerpt

2. "Rockin' in Rhythm"

3. "Stormy Weather", vocals by Anderson

4. "Bugle Call Rag"

5. Reprise of "Lightin'"

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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
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Archival Repository:
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ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1318

Symphony in Black

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0029
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 345f., b&w

Copyright: 1935

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures, distributed by UM&M TV Corp.

Producer: Adolph Zukor

Director: Fred Waller

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, personnel: aumented orchestra includng: Hardwick, Hodges, Bigard, Carney;, Whetsol, Williams, Jenkins; Nanton, Tizol, Brown; Ellington, Guy, Braud, Greer, vocals by Billie Holiday, dances featuring Snake Hips Tucker and Bessie Dudley

Song Title(s): "Symphony in Black: A Rhapsody of Negro Life"

1. The Laborers - solos by Brown, Hodges

2. A Triangle: Dance, Jealousy, Blues - solos by Brown, Cootie, Barney, Nanton; Tucker and Dudley, vocals by Billie Holliday

3. A Hymn of Sorrow - solo possibly by Cootie Williams

4. Harlem Rhythm - Merry-Go-Round, solo by Jenkins, dancing by Snake Hips Tucker

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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection / Series 2: Additional Titles
Archival Repository:
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ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1321

Stan Kenton, "Southern Scandal"

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0038
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 710f., b&w, a compilation reel created by Ernie Smith

Copyright: 1946

Corporate Creator: Soundies

Producer: William Forest Crouch

Director: William Forest Crouch

Performer(s): Stan Kenton and His Orchestra, Ed Szafranski on bass

Song Title(s): "Southern Scandall"

Descriptive Summary:

2. Untitled 1938, three Puppetoons produced by Phillips Broadcast featuring Ambrose and His Orchestra in: a. "A Jacket of Blue" b. "Harbor Lights" c. "The Rhythm's OK in Harlem"

3. Hoagy Carmichael featuring Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra with Meredith Blake

Copyright: 1939

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures Corporation

Director: Leslie Roush

Performer(s): Hoagy Carmichael, Jack Teagarden and His Orchestra, Meredith Blake

Song Title(s): a. "Two Sleepy People" b. "I'm Wrong", vocals by Blake c. "Washboard Blues", vocals by Carmichael d. "Lazy Bones" e. "Small Fry - Talking Blues" f. "Rockin' Chair", vocals by Carmichael g. "Star Dust" w/ verse, vocals by Blake

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Collection is open for research but the films are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
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Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection / Series 2: Additional Titles
Archival Repository:
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ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1345

Copa Cabana Review

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0040
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 912f., b&w, a composite reel created by Ernie Smith

1. The Copacabana Review, excerpt

Copyright: ca. 1950s

Corporate Creator: Thunderbird Films/Paramount Pictures release

Producer: Film Institute, Inc.

Director: Leslie Roush

Performer(s): Pancho and His Orchestra, The Six Samba Sirens (female dancers), Don Loper and Barrat (male/female dance team), Los Hermanos Williams (male dance team), and Juanita Juarez

2. Copacabana, excerpt

Copyright: 1947

Corporate Creator: United Artists

Producer: Sam Coslow

Director: Alfred E. Green

Performer(s): Andy Russell, Steve Cochran, Gloria Jean, The Original Copa Girls, Groucho Marx, Carmen Miranda, Maxine Fifi

Song Title(s): a. "We've Come to the Copa", performed by The Original Copa Girls b. Unidentified female singer-dancer c. Song and dance routine between Miranda and Andy Russell d. A number by Fifi e. "My Heart Was Doing the Bolero", Miranda, Fifi and Russell

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Collection Rights:
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Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
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Archival Repository:
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ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1351

Too Late Blues

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
3 Motion picture films
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0143-1,2,3
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: reel 1: 1285f., reel 2: 1290f., reel 3: 990f., b&w

Copyright: 1961

Copyright: 1961

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures

Producer: John Cassavetes

Director: John Cassavetes

Performer(s): Bobby Darin, Stella Stevens, Everett Chambers, Milt Bernhart, Benny Carter, Shelly Manne, Red Mitchell, ? Rasey, Jimmy Rowles Song Title(s):
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the films are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection / Series 2: Additional Titles
Archival Repository:
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EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1694

College Queen

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0170
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 713f., b&w

Copyright: 1946

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures

Producer: George Templeton

Director:

Performer(s): Song Title(s):
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the films are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
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Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection / Series 2: Additional Titles
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1777

Betty Boop Cartoons

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0187
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: An Archives Center compilation reel:

1. The Old Man of the Mountain

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Fleischer Studios, distributed by Paramount Pictures

Producer: Max Fleischer

Director: Dave Fleischer

Performer(s): Cab Calloway, voice of Betty Boop is Mae Questel

Song Title(s): "Old Man of the Mountain", vocals by Calloway and Questel

2. I'll Be Glad When You're Dead, You Rascal You

Copyright: 1932

Corporate Creator: Fleischer Studios, distributed by Paramount Pictures

Producer: Max Fleischer

Director: Dave Fleischer

Performer(s): Louis Armstrong, voice of Betty Boop is Mae Questel

Song Title(s): "(I'll Be Glad When You're Dead) You Rascal You", vocals by Armstrong and Questel

3. Snow White

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Fleischer Studios, distributed by Paramount Pictures

Producer: Max Fleischer

Director: Dave Fleischer

Performer(s): Cab Calloway, voice of Betty Boop is Mae Questel

Song Title(s): "St. James Infirmary Blues", vocals by Calloway and Questel

4. I Heard

Copyright: 1933

Corporate Creator: Fleischer Studios, distributed by Paramount Pictures

Producer: Max Fleischer

Director: Dave Fleischer

Performer(s): Don Redman, voice of Betty Boop is Mae Questel

Song Title(s): a. "I Know a Girl Named Betty Boop", vocals by Redman b. "How'm I Doing?", vocalsy by Redman c. "I Heard", vocals by Redman and Questel

5. Rhythm on the Reservation

Copyright: 1939

Corporate Creator: Fleischer Studios, distributed by Paramount Pictures

Producer: Max Fleischer

Director: Dave Fleischer

Performer(s): The voice of Betty Boop is Mae Questel

Song Title(s): "Rhythm on the Reservation", vocals by Questel

Video reference copy available.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the films are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection / Series 2: Additional Titles
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1843

Soundies: Misc. III

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0192
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 1075f., an Ernie Smith compilation reel, not all entries are Soundies:

1. "If You Only Knew"

Performer(s): Valaida Snow & Ali Baba Trio, (g, b, accordion)

2. Patience and Fortitude

Copyright:

Corporate Creator: MGM

Producer: Ben Hersh

Director: Dave Gould

Performer(s): Valiada Snow with the Ali Baba Trio

Song Title(s): "Patience and Fortitude"

3. Mama, I Want to Make Rhythm

Copyright:

Corporate Creator: Soundies

Producer: William Forest Crouch

Director: William Forest Crouch

Performer(s): Patterson and Jackson

Song Title(s): "Mama, I Want to Make Rhythm"

4. Rug Cutters Holiday

Copyright: 1943

Corporate Creator: L.O.L. Productions, Inc.

Performer(s): Freddie Slap Snap and Flo Happy Snappy, male dance team

Song Title(s): "Struttin' With Some Barbecue", instrumental

5. Pudgy Boy

Copyright: 1942

Descriptive Summary: Male "scat" singer sings in an exercise room setting with female admirers accompanied by a big band.

6. Unidentified Movie Excerpt

Copyright: 1944

Performer(s): Delta Rhythm Boys

Song Title(s): "Is You or Is You Ain't My Baby"

7. Unidentified Movie Excerpt

Performer(s): The Four Spirits of Rhythm introduced as "Tom Tom the elevator man and his comrades in rhythm . . . ."

Song Title(s): "Tom, Tom"

8. "He's a Real Gone Guy"

Performer(s): Nellie Lutcher

9. "Papa Niccolini"

Copyright: 1942

Performer(s): Charlie Spivak and His Orchestra, unidentified male vocalist

Song Title(s): "Papa Niccolini"

10. Bundle of Blues

Copyright: 1933

Video reference copy available.

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures

Producer:

Director:

Performer(s): Duke Ellington and His Orchestra, dances by Bessie Dudley and Florence Hall Dudley

Song Title(s): "Bugle Call Rag"

Descriptive Summary: See also 491.28, an excerpt from the movie of the same name, POOR COPY.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the films are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection / Series 2: Additional Titles
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
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ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1864

The Big Broadcast

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0200
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 625f., b&w, an excerpt

Copyright: 1932

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures

Producer: Adolph Zukor

Director: Frank Tuttle
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the films are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection / Series 2: Additional Titles
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1888

Artie Shaw's Class in Swing

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF0206-1
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: 770f., b&w

Copyright: 1939

Corporate Creator: Paramount Pictures, Inc.

Producer:

Director: Leslie Roush

Performer(s): Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, Buddy Rich on drums, Helen Forrest

Song Title(s):

1. Opening theme

2. "I Have Eyes", vocals by Forrest

3. "Shoot the Liquor to Me, John Boy"

Video reference copy available.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the films are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection / Series 2: Additional Titles
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1906

Second Chorus

Collection Performer:
Basie, Count, 1904-  Search this
Webster, Ben  Search this
Armstrong, Louis, 1901-1971  Search this
Ellington, Duke, 1899-1974  Search this
Fitzgerald, Ella, 1917-1996  Search this
Goodman, Benny (Benjamin David), 1909-1986  Search this
Jamal, Ahmad, 1930-  Search this
Robinson, Bill, 1878-1949  Search this
Davis, Miles  Search this
Collection Collector:
Smith, Ernie  Search this
Extent:
1 Motion picture film
Container:
Reel AC0491-OF206-3
Type:
Archival materials
Moving Images
Motion picture films
Scope and Contents note:
Descriptive Summary: an excerpt from the movie of the same name

Copyright: 1940

Corporate Creator: Astor Pictures Corporation & Paramount Pictures

Producer: Boris Morros

Director: H.C. Potter

Performer(s): Artie Shaw and His Orchestra, Billy Butterfield on trumpet Song Title(s):

Video reference copy available.
Collection Restrictions:
Collection is open for research but the films are stored off-site and special arrangements must be made to work with it. Contact the Archives Center for information at archivescenter@si.edu or 202-633-3270.
Collection Rights:
Collection items available for reproduction, but the Archives Center makes no guarantees concerning copyright restrictions. Other intellectual property rights may apply. Archives Center cost-recovery and use fees may apply when requesting reproductions.
Collection Citation:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection, Archives Center, National Museum of American History.
See more items in:
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection
Ernie Smith Jazz Film Collection / Series 2: Additional Titles
Archival Repository:
Archives Center, National Museum of American History
EDAN-URL:
ead_component:sova-nmah-ac-0491-ref1912

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